Kean University Jazz & Roots Festival


Save the date! Join NJBS @ Kean University's Jazz & Roots Musical Festival on Saturday, September 24th @ 4 pm.


Performances include:


Blues People

Blues People is a NY/NJ band featuring Kelton Cooper (vocals/guitar), Mike Griot (bass), Victor Burks (vocals/keys) and Gene Lake (drums). Early comparisons to the Meters, Luther Allison, Keb Mo' and Earth Wind & Fire are starting to roll in... and the band is currently in the studio recording their much-anticipated 2022 debut album "The Skin I'm In."


Don Braden & Karl Latham - Big Fun(k)

The Don Braden/Karl Latham led jam band Big Fun(k) is a dream band for the musicians who have known each other and played in various groups together for years. Each member is well known for their careers as band leaders, sidemen, studio players and road men.


Judah Tribe with Josh David

The present fight and cry of the Children of the African diaspora can be heard and felt in the music of Soul-Reggae band Judah Tribe, led by singers/songwriters Josh David (Q-Tip, Joy Denalane, Rene Neufville, Soul Cycle) and Eric "The General" Toussaint (Junior Reid, Riddim Nation, Ossie Delimore).


Dianne Reeves

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney's six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. And in 2018, she was designated a Jazzmaster — the highest honor the U.S. bestows on jazz artists.

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